We just returned from 4 days in the Mammoth Lakes area (what a blast!) and did spend a few hours in the Hot Springs. The friend I traveled with had visited this area about 25 years ago and remembered that there used to be a geyser that erupted in the area. Interestingly enough, you can see the old walkways that now overlook...nothing. The area is rather active geothermally so things are constantly changing. We took our 12 year old daughters to the springs and at first they were hesitant about the whole thing. (visions of Dante's Peak dancing in their heads!) Once they were in though it was hard getting them out! The entrance area is COLD snowmelt but once you get across the stream it turns HOT. Its fun to find the perfect spot to soak along with 50 other people and watch peoples reactions when a plume of super heated water boils up. The group reaction is kinda like murmer murmer murmer AHHHH AHHHHH HOT HOT HOT and then everyone shifts around. The center of the creek is a bit deep probably 10-12 feet but if you sink down to the bottom you can hear the rumbling of the earth under you. There are bathrooms for changing but no showers. Thumbs up from the 4 of us!
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